Package Design - Create 3D Model from Dyeline/Blueprint
I'd like to be able to build a product package from a dieline created in Illustrator, fold it along specific lines, give it a UV gloss on parts, add foiling and embossing where required.
Hello everyone! Thank you so much for your patience and interest in this idea over the last several years. At Adobe MAX 2018 we demoed a technology called Project Fantastic Fold, and over the last year we’ve been working on bringing that into reality.
I’m pleased to say we’re opening our first private beta for Project Fantastic Fold, a tool for interactively folding dielines into 3D models.
The private beta requires you to join the Prerelease. If you’re interested please head to https://www.fantasticfold.com/ and sign up for the beta program!
For me, I would use it mainly as a pre-vis tool so that clients can see designs as they will actually appear when printed and folded. However, if it was possible to use Illustrator files (with dielines) as the image source when mapping in Dimensions, then you're also creating most of the artwork at the same time. It would also mean that only one 'live; file is required so it cuts down on duplication (exporting to .psd, etc.).
Thank you for the update Jeanette. Please allow users to save the result as a 3D rotatable PDF...
John C Miller commented
The Project Fantastic Fold is really looking amazing. But is this compatible with illustrator? I am a packaging designer and I am just keen to use this tool that would save so much time in terms of client presentation and artwork generation.
Illustrator 8.9.10 ... and the FOLDUP plug-in I use up to CS5 is only slightly improved. I wrote this in 2018.
Hey that looks really great. Will it be compatible with Illustrator? So a Design created in Illustrator with processcolors and spotcolors can be folded?
Will it be part of the Adobe CC?
I think you created a phantastic tool...
Having some sort of asset generator built in as an automated workflow would be great.
Brittany Ledyard commented
My whole office is now staring at me for actually squeaking out loud with glee! What an amazing presentation! This would be SO helpful to have. And I adore Tiffany Haddish, so that was a fun surprise too. :)
The rotatable view of the dieline in its assembled state would be a game changer. I currently use LiveSurface Context for this sort of thing but it relies on 3D models provided by the software team, so developing custom dielines isn't possible. This would fix that major need.
I'd absolutely want options for white ink, metallic inks, and gloss/matte finishes. This is a thing that Context does really well (I'm assuming the Adobe team already knows about this software but I'm putting it out there in case anyone else reading this thread wants to see what I'm talking about.)
Live updates of changes to dielines and ability to choose substrates would also make this tool exponentially more useful (or at the very least, ability to choose the thickness of the substrate in GSM or millimeters.)
I'm less concerned with dielines for packaging other than boxes. I saw that someone mentioned candy bars and shrink wrappers for bottles. I feel like Dimension already does these things effectively. The two things that would dramatically increase effectiveness for me would be 1) a wider assortment of packaging models (I currently have to hire a contractor to create 3D models of our rollstock plastic bags because nothing similar is available from Adobe's stock of models) and 2) if we could export the maps from Dimension after placing decals on a model. Even if we had to recreate the art in Illustrator because the map has been rasterized, it would at least give us the template for correct placement of art assets.
Jeff Korzeniowski commented
Project Fantastic Fold looks amazing.. (I think there was a little tear in my eye just then)
Here are my thoughts on what I see so far. Jonny and Tim have the same desires as me.
1. Love the distribute functionality.. place once for all panels. Question. What if an object is not dependent on a single surface. It could wrap from the top panel to the side panel.. Or.. a band could wrap all the way around a box.
2. auto masking along edges is great.. this is good for 3D but if we need to use the graphics in actual artwork itself (the main reason for having this) can we get an option for bleeds over scores. maybe an add bleed button???? or bleed is based on a setting.. editable later
3. if the packaging world only worked in flat paper we would be in trouble. can you simulate a fluted corrugated box? box material could be upwards of a quarter inch thick.. can this be added to the simulation?
4. Will this retain all colors modes, spot colors etc.. Will by AI file be usable after? Does it convert to RGB?
5. assuming we can design our own structures, we need to be able to assign cut crease and then assign fold angles.
6. What about bags? Packaging includes flexible bags as well.. Probably too soon to do but think about things like potato chip bags, candy bar wrappers. Those items are not based on simple folds they are dynamically molded around an object inside. Also, there are lots of Shrink packaging labels and packaging. Think bottled water packs and odd shaped shrink sleeve labels for shampoo bottles etc.. Possibilities are endless.
7. File needs to be dynamically updated.. an edit in illustrator should update in Dimension.
8. WHITE INK.. for clear packaging. Think Pen boxes at Staples... This needs a white ink layer in order for ink to show accurately. the ability to layer our inks and modify our ink parameters would be great.. add gloss, bump patters, refractions etc. layer the order of inks as needed.. White first, cyan and then maybe a spot blue as an example.
9. The ability to Link and open the illustrator file right from within Dimensions.
10. the ability to preview the file within illustrator without having dimensions open (preview window). This way when we have a model done and complete we can preview the file quickly without needing to keep updating and going back to dimensions. I dont want to see 3D options in illustrator.. just a preview window showing what it would look like.
11. Like Mark said below.. Multipart elements.. lots of packaging contain multi parts.. think Displays in stores or boxes with inserts. Maybe create a scene in Dimensions and load in Illustrator.. have the ability to open all illustrator files associated with the 3D scene.. update ai files as needed and the scene will update.
12.. So much more to come. So excited for this. Been waiting for this type of integration since I started workin in Illustrator '88.. No joking.. the Packaging industry has been wanting this for years.. Now all we need is a decent way to add measurements to our cad files.
Thank you so much for the effort and can't wait to try out these new features.
I'm a food packaging designer and that presentation looks fantastic. It would save so much time in terms of client presentation and artwork generation. At the moment I have to build a model in C4D and because the UV unwrapping is so complicated and time-consuming, I render a base model and apply textures in Photoshop using smart objects (Illustrator > Photoshop).
As mentioned below, substrate thickness and finishes such as foil and varnishes would be great additions. Another useful feature would be:
- Support for multipart elements: Often packaging consists of various parts/sections such as sleeve, fitting, lid, base, etc.
But for now, I'm really keen to use it and look forward to putting it through its paces.
Jean-Michel Le Goff commented
Even if it's not completely related to packaging only, I was wondering if it is possible to work on an Import of AI files as decals with an automatic link of some layers to texture channel.
In packaging, you may have some graphics or lettering "printed" and also vernished and Embossed.
The vernish could be handled as a mask in a dedicated layer and the Embossing as a Normal file in a dedicated layer if it could be possible to have the relevant PS filter in AI.
It's already faisible to select which Artwork you can use as a texture, but it should also be valuable to manage Layers (best of all should be to get "layer comps" in Ai like you have in PS)...
With this, it should be really easy to refine the artwork in Ai if you have only one file to manage.
the demonstration is fantastic! I wonder how the software knows where and when to fold. Is there a possibility for manual adjustments?
My question is this. I have finished artwork. It is die-lie with graphics place on it. It is done in Photoshop and Illustrator. Is it possible to upload this project (PDF or Ai) to this software so I won´t have to place the graphics again?
Wooow! Thanks Jeanette. I'm really blown away. It looks fantastic...
Please also include some things Jonny mentioned...
- Selection of substrates and thicknesses (standard card, corrugated card, ...)
- rendering of finishes (matte/gloss, spot UVs, Foils etc)
- Gold and Silver reflections on partial pieces located the artwork ...
Please keep up the good work!
Jean-Michel Le Goff commented
This presentation is really great and I'm impatient to be able to try it.
I was wondering if you have to start from the 2D blueprint or if you can also "unfold" a 3D shape.
Thanks Jeanette! Just watched the Adobe Max Sneak and am very excited! Progress is looking fantastic!
Features most valuable:
- assisted artwork alignment
- showing progressive folding animation
- exporting to Dimension for scene rendering
Features not shown but very much desired:
- Selection of substrates and thicknesses (standard card, corrugated card, material weight (GSM) etc)
- rendering of finishes (matte/gloss, spot UVs, Foils etc)
- Curved folds accurately represented
- Live update of art and dieline. (ESKO locks the dieline once 3d fold is created)
- The ability to record the fold animation and send to suppliers to communicate production processes.
- ability to export to a number of common 3d file formats
Will there be BETA testing open to previous Felix testers? If so, please sign me up!
Thanks Adobe team :)
Rehan Saiyed commented
Totally blown out! Better than my existing Origami and Esko Visualiser :)
alexandre becquet commented
I've seen this and it's more than Awesome !!! Great work !
Chris Tursi commented
I can't wait to have a play with that!
It'd be a nice to have, but probably not essential, to be able to apply different materials to different parts of the design in Dimension. Like adding a UV gloss to a part of the design or foiling.
Say you work on the design in AI, bring everything into FF and you can switch layer's visibility on or off. And have everything dynamically linked so you can make adjustments to artwork and it's updated across all applications.
But in any case this looks great.
Any progress on this feature?
Yes agree., exact dimensions like other adobe programs would be a lovely start.
Sara Oestreich commented
I agree, I have packages of all sorts that I am needing to create a quick 3D images of (to save costs on photoshoots and to have better control over perspective and angles). The cube object is almost perfect for some of them, and others it is just too deep. I wish we could select "cube" (or in the future "rectangle"?) then enter the exact dimensions of front and sides that we need (much like that of the shape tools of Illustrator), which then creates a blank 3D object to design according to our specs.